Swimbaits are a hot, new trend

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Swimbaits are among the most realistic lures

Swimbaits are among the most realistic lures

Swimbaits should swim like a real fish. That is what the original swimbait was first designed to do. As the years have gone by, there are more styles and enhancements reaching for that goal of the perfect fake-fish with a hook in it. Optimal swimbaits will be the ones that look and act like what the bass are eating in your area.

What makes swimbaits such a good choice is that big bass love them. Some fishermen like to use them on a large jighead in new areas since they can be cast farther and retrieved promptly. In addition, swimbaits adds a little something unusual and different to your bait box. The majority of hard swimbaits come only in big sizes, but some manufacturers of swimbaits are introducing ones in smaller sizes that have proven useful, especially in the Midwest and eastern part of the country.

Where did swimbaits get started?

Swimbaits, of course, originated in southern California to imitate the rainbow trout that larger striped and largemouth bass fed upon. Since then, the number and styles of swimbaits has grown immensely to where it is fun to shop for them and try out new ones. You can find swimbaits made out of composites and hard plastic, wood and various combinations of hard and soft plastic. Fisherman’s Choice Pro Shop has a great supply of all different types and styles.

Big bass really like the big swimbaits

So do stripers, pike, muskie and walleye. Just ask the fishermen who have a passion for trophy fishing. They get a big thrill out of landing the really big ones, and high on the list of successful lures will be swimbaits. When you let them do what they do best–look and act like a fish–they become very attractive and appetizing. Practice techniques of letting them fall to the bottom, or to the desired depth, and then move them a few feet or so, maybe ten, and let them settle again. Keep movements real by letting them move forward and up and down, as well.

Some of the best catches seem to be early summer and sometimes, even at night. If you have never tried night fishing and love the peace and quiet that fishing brings, you would probably love night fishing. Big bass get very lively at night and you usually will have the entire lake to yourself.

The best swimbaits

The best ones are those that most closely mimic nature in your local fishing hole. That is how they began: by mimicking the planted rainbow trout in southern California lakes that the bigger bass fed upon. In both southern California and southern Arizona, swimbaits are very popular and fishermen will testify to their success. Both hard and soft swimbaits seem to becoming equally popular.

What about the expense?

Swimbaits do not need to be expensive and some very economical ones are available. Some swimbaits do get a little expensive but when you consider the size and numbers of the fish it brings to your shoreline, they are well worth it. The hard swimbaits get into double digits, retailing for about $15 to $25 or so. Most soft swimbaits are actually less than $15. Admittedly, it seems difficult to tie something on your line that is $25 and cast it way out in open water, but when you see the value it brings to catching great fish they are big fish catching tools.

There are a lot of economical swimbaits to break-in your skills, particularly the four-inch soft plastic ones. That give you a full range of swimbaits to look through and decide where you want to start. Fisherman’s Choice Pro Shop is a pro bass shop and has a great selection of swimbaits to choose from, and any order over $60 ships free. Order online now.


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